07:21 AM ET 09.25 | At this point, it may simply be a matter of time. Dale Sveum is a fine baseball man. If he loses his job as Cubs manager, he can simply return to coaching, becoming an asset to any team that hires him. Who knows, maybe one day he would even get a chance to manage again. But let's get one thing straight: The Cubs did not hire Sveum to be a long-term answer. He was the caretaker, the bridge to the big-name manager who would "complete the job" once the team was ready to win. Sveum knew it. The Cubs knew it. Everyone knew it. So no one should pity Sveum if the Cubs dump him to hire Joe Girardi or some other manager. Not when Sveum has a year left on his contract, and not when the regressions of several developing Cubs raises the question of whether Sveum is right for a rebuilding club.